Facts for the Times; A Collection of Valuable Historical Extracts
In the first age of the world, man lived almost a thousand years; while now he rarely exceeds the allotted threescore and ten.
This is clearly shown, not only by the Bible and ancient history. but by the discoveries of antediluvian remains.
The Gospel Herald of Dayton, Ohio, gives the following account:
In the Scientific Department of one of our most popular weekly exchanges, we find an interesting account of a large human skeleton, recently discovered in Ain, France.
The frame is complete in all its parts, and is four yards in height. It was found in a soil of alluvium, the head buried in the earth, with the feet upward."
Day before yesterday, while the quarrymen employed by the Sauk Rapids Water Power Company (Minnesota) were engaged in quarrying rock for the dam which is being erected across the Mississippi at this place, they found embedded in the solid granite rock the remains of a human being of gigantic stature.
About seven feet below the surface of the ground, and about three and a half feet beneath the upper stratum of rock, the remains were found imbedded in the sand, which had evidently been placed in the quadrangular grave which had been dug out of the solid rock to receive the last remains of this antediluvian giant.
The grave was twelve feet in length, four feet wide, and about three feet in depth, and is today, at least two feet below the present level of the river.
The remains are completely petrified, and are of gigantic dimensions. The head is massive, measures thirty one and one half inches in circumference, but low in the os frontis, and very flat on the top.
The femur measures twenty six and a quarter inches, and the fibula twenty five and a half, while the body is equally long in proportion.
From the crown of the head to the sole of the foot, the length is ten feet nine and a half inches. The measure around the chest is fifty nine and a half inches. This giant must have weighed at least nine hundred pounds, when covered with a reasonable amount of flesh.
Reprint: Facts for the Times; A Collection of Valuable Historical Extracts
pages 171-72; G.I. Butler. 1885
Issue #43, page17
Reprinted with permission